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    This is probably a dumb question....

    When does a pond, I'm talking in size, become a lake?

    20 Ac? 40 Ac? 100 Ac? Bigger?? Smaller??

    I'll use the pond/lake phrase a lot in conversation and am not sure if I am correct in classifying as such. I fish farm ponds 5 Ac-10 Ac and call them a pond. But also fish 40 Ac bodies of water and still call them a pond.

    Is this right? Or is there even a good answer?

    Don't kill me on this one....

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    If I'm buying the property, it's a pond...no matter the size.
    If I'm selling the property, it's a lake...no matter the size.

    Wikepedia says:
    A lake is a body of water or other liquid of considerable size contained on a body of land. A vast majority of lakes on Earth are fresh water, and most lie in the Northern Hemisphere at higher latitudes. In ecology the environment of a lake is referred to as lacustrine. Large lakes are occasionally referred to as "inland seas" and small seas are occasionally referred to as lakes. Smaller lakes tend to put the word "lake" after the name, as in Green Lake, while larger lakes often invert the word order, as in Lake Ontario, at least in North America.
    Most lakes have a natural outflow in the form of a river or stream, but some do not, and lose water solely by evaporation and/or underground seepage. They are termed endorheic lakes (see below).
    The term lake is also used to describe a feature such as Lake Eyre, which is a dry basin most of the time but may become filled under seasonal conditions of heavy rainfall.

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    In origin, pond is a variant form of the word pound, meaning a confining enclosure. As straying cattle are enclosed in a pound so water is enclosed in a pond. In earlier times, ponds were man-made and utilitarian; as stew ponds, mill ponds and so on. The significance of this feature seems in some cases, to have been lost when the word was carried abroad with emigrants so that in places like the United States, natural pools are often called ponds. Much of this article is written on the basis of this American view.
    A pond is characterized as being a small body of water that is shallow enough for sunlight to reach the bottom, permitting the growth of rooted plants at its deepest point.
    Pond usually describes small bodies of water, generally smaller than one would require a boat to cross. Another definition is that a pond is a body of water where even its deepest areas are reached by sunlight or where a human can walk across the entire body of water without being submerged. In some dialects of English, pond normally refers to small artificially created bodies of water.
    Though not generally accepted, some regions of the United States define a pond as a body of water with a surface area of less than 10 acres (40,000 mē).
    Regional differences include the use of the word pond in New England, and Maine in particular, for relatively large waterbodies. For example, Great Pond, Maine, is over 10 square miles in area.
    In areas which were covered by glaciers in the past, some ponds were created when the glaciers retreated. These ponds are knowns as kettle ponds . Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts is a well known example. Kettle ponds are usually quite deep and clean because they are fed by underground aquifers rather than streams of more substantial means (creeks, rivers, etc.)


    So, numerically speaking...some might suggest a pond is a still body of water with no more than 10 surface acres...

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    I've always thought 10 acres was the dividing point.
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    I would say 10.5 acres.... No, I would agree with Burrodiablo.

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    I am loving this question, it is a good one. Burro is correct according to Wikipedia. You have to read a ways down. Also, it must be shallow enough for enough light to make plants grow on the bottom. You gave me an internet search purpose and I thank you because it is raining and I am boredhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pond

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    Quote Originally Posted by burrodebo View Post
    I've always thought 10 acres was the dividing point.
    all that effort getting that literary degree and you say in 9 words what Wikepedia took almost 500 to do...

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    When it has a boat ramp...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Willie Boy View Post
    all that effort getting that literary degree and you say in 9 words what Wikepedia took almost 500 to do...
    That writing degree, Willie, taught me that economy of words is about the most important component of the craft.

    Too bad I seldom take the advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by burrodebo View Post
    That writing degree, Willie, taught me that economy of words is about the most important component of the craft.

    Too bad I seldom take the advice.

    Bo,

    Brevity is the soul of wit... An English degree is the soul of unemployment. (not that I have room to talk)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLKESQ View Post
    Bo,

    Brevity is the soul of wit... An English degree is the soul of unemployment. (not that I have room to talk)

    JLK
    Good thing my degree is in creative writing, then.

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    If I remember right the G & P's new pond mamagement book puts the dividing line at 4 acres.
    Sometimes it's fun to just sit back and watch the circus.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingman View Post
    This is probably a dumb question....

    When does a pond, I'm talking in size, become a lake?



    A pool or a pond... a pond would be good for you, Eddie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catfishsteve View Post
    A pool or a pond... a pond would be good for you, Eddie.


    Thanks for the information guys. And the english lessons!

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